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Tony Leukering

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  1. While likelihood is not definitive, it's certainly quite useful.
  2. Note on the sparrow that the dark eyeline breaks the white eye ring, thus ruling out Vesper.
  3. I don't know that I see the bill as orange, but the lores are pale, thus indicating Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow, and thus also indicating that the bill must be orange. Eastern White-crowned Sparrow has a pink bill and dark lores. Of course, there are intergrades, so....
  4. Please provide date, preferably in post title, but definitely at least in body of text. That aspect is often important in bird ID, particularly in relation to location.
  5. Lincoln's ALWAYS has the blackish streaking on a background of buff.
  6. Cooper's does not have the crown color extend down the nape.
  7. There is no need to for indecision on the sex of the finch -- it is a female. While both Cassin's and Purple finches exhibit delayed plumage maturation, House Finch does not. Given that it is October -- female.
  8. And a much longer tail with lots of white markings
  9. Male American Goldfinches have black wings, females have brown.
  10. Indeed, you are correct, because neither of its parents were Verdins. 😎
  11. The head and bill coloration make this an obvious male. Thus the complete lack of white in the primaries rules out Greater. Immature female Greaters can have very little white in the primaries, but since this bird is not a female....
  12. And note that House Sparrow is not a member of the same family as the Chipping Sparrow.
  13. The fairly strong suggestion of pink on the breast should indicate male, right?
  14. It's an adult female -- juvs are still mostly in juv plumage in Oct -- and Nov -- and Dec -- and Jan
  15. Juvenile Red-shouldereds have the pale tail bands narrower than the dark tail bands. Additionaly, the signature field mark for the species -- the crescent-shaped translucent wing panel -- is not in evidence. The strong white wing bar is virtually conclusive for Northern Goshawk juv.
  16. Lincoln's ALWAYS has virtually all of the streaking on a buff background and the streaks are narrow, black, and well-defined (not blobby). This is a Song.
  17. That eBird slash entry is used because differentiating the two different subspecies is difficult. The "English" name for alascensis" is Alaska Red-tailed Hawk.
  18. There's plenty in the photos to suggest Sharpie. The sides are strongly marked, rather than mostly pale in Cooper's. The tail appears notched, this feature also suggesting strongly that it is a male.
  19. And please note that Wood Thrush is not in the genus Catharus. It is more like a Turdus than a Catharus.
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